In the name of God Amen. I Richard Roman of Russell County and Common weath of Virginia, being weak in body by reason of sickness, age and infirmity, but perfect in mind and memory, thanks be to God for all mercies, and calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that is appointed for all men once to die, do make, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament that is to say principally, first I recommend my soul unto God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in a decent christian manner and form without P____ or vanity at the discretion of my executor in hope of a joyful resurrection by the almighty power of God, and for what worldly estate it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and bequeath in the manner following.
First, I request all my lawful debts to be punctually paid.
Then, I give to my son James Roman the lower end of my plantation up to a conditional line made in the presence of Richard Jackson Sr., Andrew L. Jackson, and Major A. Fletcher, and it is my will that James Roman shall have the benefit of the said land during his natural life if he sees proper then go to his heirs the same land. James Roman has no power to sell nor make a deed of trust nor morgage. I give James Roman three head of horses, that is to say two bay horses and one bay mare, and twenty two head of cattle that is now on the lower end of said land, twenty five head of hogs, seven head of sheep, one half of my still and tubs, this property in for the use of James Roman and his family, and should there be any left it must go to his heirs and futher it is my will that no officer shall sell any of this property. I give to James Roman and it is my will that James Roman shall have the place where he now lives up to the woods between him and Richard for the term of twenty years by James paying Richard Roman twenty dollars per year and James Roman to be paid out of said money for repairing houses, barn, stables and fences, also, I give to my son James Roman my blacksmith tools. Also, I give to my son James & Christopher Peck my claim of the improvement on the creek I bought of Starling Compton, the lower end to James, the upper end to Peck.
Then, I give to my daughter Isabel Peck (once Roman), that plantation she now lives on, the same land to go to her heirs at her death.
Then, Then I give to my son William Roman the plantation that he now lives on, and if he should die without heirs of his body, the same land is to come to James Roman and his heirs and is to stand the same way as the rest I give James Roman, now if William Roman's wife should outlive him I want her to have his support during her widowhood on said land and no longer.
Then, I give to my daughter Martha Witt (once Roman), that three hundred dollars I paid to Martin Honaker Sr. , for that land that James Witt bought of Martin Honaker, I also give her five dollars more.
Then, I give to my daughter Jane Wallis (once Roman), that hundred dollars to help pay for the land she nowe lives on., also five dollars more.
Then, I I give to my son Richard Roman the upper end of my plantation, down to the conditioned line made in the presence of Richard Jackson Sr., Andrew L. Jackson, and Major A. Fletcher, three head of horses, fourteen head of cattle, thirty head of hogs, and ten head of sheep, one carryall, one half of my still and tubs. Richard Roman has no power over the place where James Roman now lives for the term of twenty years as above mentioned, the same land and property for his benefit but Richard Roman has no power to sell nor make no deed of trust no morgage of said land, the same is delailed to the heirs of his body. Richard has privledge of the upper pasture when it is in pasture, also I give my son Richard Roman, one hundred dollars that Thomas Riley owes me, to pay for the Warder land, between him & Riley, also the stud horse is to be sold for money for the benefit of my son Richard and the money to go to pay for the Warder land, and the balance of my property I want sold by my executor to this my last will and testament satisfying & confirming this the last will revoking, disannulling all and other will or bequest by me made confirming this the last in witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this eight day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand and eighthundred and forty six.
his Richard x Roman (Seal) markSigned sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Richard Jackson Sr.
Samuel H. Nash
his John x Brooks mark her Minta x Coleman mark her Polly x Baldwin markAt a Court held for Russell County, at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 8th day of September 1846. This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as and for the last will and testament of Richard Roman deceased, and proven by the oath Samuel H. Nash, John Brooks and Minta Coleman, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and James Roman executor therein named refusing to take upon himself the ______ of the execution of said will, on motion of George Smith who made oath, and together with Johnston Howard and James Fletcher, his securities entered into ans acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1000.00 conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted the said George Smith for obtaining letters of administration on the said decendant's estate with his will annexed in due form.
Teste James P. Carrell CRC